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Why go: Nike got its start in Eugene, and Hayward Field is still a mecca for track-and-field athletes. But the city is also the gateway to the Southern Willamette Valley wine region, with vineyards that grow world-class Pinot Noir grapes and make the perfect backdrop for summer picnics. For non-wine drinkers, hometown original brewer Ninkasi is helping expand the number of breweries, and there’s a growing distillery scene, too.
Where to stay: Oenophiles should check in at the Inn at the 5th, which offers a chauffeured half-day wine tour of the Southern Willamette Valley. Even if you want to DIY your wine tours, the hotel offers perks like a glass of complementary local wine at check in. The hotel’s new Pendleton Suite, fully outfitted by the Portland-based company, ups the local charm.
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